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Temple 73, Shusshaka-ji

The Temple where Shaka Nyorai Appeared

Temple 73, Shusshaka-ji

Shusshaka-ji is temple No. 73 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The temple stands at the bottom of the imposing Mt. Gahaishi. From the temple itself, there’s an expansive view over the plains of Sanuki. Near the temple are the remains of numerous ancient tumuli.

While the temple is a pleasant place to visit, the inner sanctuary or Okunoin on Mt. Gahaishi is sure to leave an indelible impression. The founder of the pilgrimage Kukai was born in nearby Zentsuji, and as a boy of seven, then named Mao, he decided to test his faith by leaping off a precipice on Mt. Gahaishi. The site of his leap is a steep climb above Shusshaka-ji, and the views from there are magnificent. It takes about thirty minutes to walk up to the lovely Okunoin, and another ten or so to climb up to Mao’s Leap.

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Name in Japanese: 出釈迦寺

Pronunciation: shusshaka-ji

Address: 1091 Yoshiwaracho, Zentsuji, Kagawa 765-0061

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